Randomness

Rawr!

My son had a bare spot on his wall that had been driving me crazy for months. I had been trying to think of something fun and creative to fill the void, and I finally saw something on Pinterest that I knew he would love-spray-painted dinosaurs on colored canvases!

So we hopped in the car and headed to my all-time favorite store-Hobby Lobby. I could get in big trouble in that store!

We loaded our basket with plastic dinosaurs, spray paint in 3 different colors, canvases, acrylic paint in the same 3 colors that we got in spray paint, and paint brushes.

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I spray painted three dinosaurs different colors, and did the same with the canvases and acrylic paint. I had to do two coats on the canvases to make them look even. Then, when everything was dry, I glued the dinosaurs on the canvases with a craft glue.

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Don’t pay attention to my hideous table. It’s a work in progress.

Then they were ready to hang up! I’m very happy with how they turned out, and my son loves them. My only problem is keeping him from taking them off the wall to play with them.

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A Cautionary Kitchen Tale

So I received a mandolin slicer for Christmas, and I’ve been super excited to try it out. I finally whipped it out tonight and was planning on frying up some potatoes to go with dinner. All was going well until I stepped away for a second and the glass baking dish I was putting the finished potatoes in literally exploded. As in, glass went EVERYWHERE. It was loud and messy and scary and dangerous. I seriously felt that I had a near death experience, or at least a near blinding experience. I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why a baking dish would randomly explode into a million pieces. Ok, maybe not a million pieces, but lots of pieces.

Anyway, I finally figured out what happened, and I felt like a total idiot. I feel it is now my duty to remind and warn all of you.

Make sure all burners on the stove are off before placing a glass baking dish on it.

You’ve been warned.

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Favorite Recipes

The Best Roast That Ever Lived

You’re probably thinking that I’m exaggerating in my title, but I would have to disagree. I made the best roast I’ve ever tasted. Even my husband, the finicky carnivore, agreed. You’ll be thanking me after you make this roast.

You’ll need:
3 lb. chuck roast
1 packet of au jus mix
1 packet of Ranch mix
6 banana peppers

Just simply place the roast in a crockpot, sprinkle the goodness of the au jus mix, and the Ranch mix all over the roast, and place the banana peppers on top. Then, just pour about one cup of water in the bottom of the crockpot, set the timer for about 7-8 hours on low, and let the magic happen.

The roast will be so tender and moist and flavorful and delicious. I could go on and on, but I’ll save you the rambling. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies of your choice and enjoy a wonderful, comforting meal!

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Sausage Dip

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year’s Eve, and will have a happy and productive 2015.

We obviously were party animals last night seeing as how I’m awake at 6:30 am. I’m actually ashamed to say that we were asleep by 11 and missed ringing in the New Year. Give us some slack though. That’s what happens when you have a 3 year old with limitless energy, and a 2 month old.

All 4 of us did have a party with all of the couples from our Sunday school class at church and their kids. It was a lot of fun, and there was some delicious food. Everyone brought their favorite snack/appetizer type food. I decided too take Sausage Dip. My mom makes it every year for Christmas Eve and It. Is. Good.

All you need is:

32 oz. breakfast sausage
2.5 blocks of cream cheese
2 cans of Rotel

First start off by browning the breakfast sausage in a skillet.

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Then after its all cooked thoroughly, drain the fat.

Next, add the 2 cans of Rotel, including the liquid.

Then add in the 2.5 blocks of cream cheese. I break mine up so it melts faster.

After adding everything I transferred the mixture to a crock pot. It just makes it easier to throw it in a crock pot and leave it to heat up and all melt and mix together. Also, it makes it easier to transfer and keep warm wherever you are taking it.

Tip: Invest in crock pot liners. They will make your life 100 times easier.

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So all you pretty much have to do now is let the cream cheese melt, then pop open a bag of tortilla chips, and rake in the compliments on your delicious dip. Enjoy!

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All Things Cream Cheese

Cream cheese. Need I say more? I swear I could just just sit down with a block of the stuff and a fork and go to town. Anyway, let’s move on.

I just want to share some of my favorite ways to incorporate cream cheese into my cooking that are really simple, and real crowd pleasers.

One of my all time favorite recipes is a delicious dip that is full of flavor and only has two ingredients. I’ve gotten many compliments, so it has to be good. Or everyone is just being really nice.

All you do is mix one can of your favorite canned chili, and one block of cream cheese in a saucepan on the stove until the cream cheese is melted. Serve with tortilla chips and try not to eat it all by yourself!

Another wonderful dip is just as simple and just as delicious. I first heard of this from my husband’s cousin’s wife. Did you get that? She just mixes a block of cream cheese with a jar of your favorite salsa, and voila! You have what she calls Pink Dip. Also serve this one with tortilla chips.

Sticking to the theme of dips, my mom makes a wonderful dip every year for Christmas Eve. You just brown a pound of breakfast sausage in a large skillet, drain the fat, then melt in a block of cream cheese. Once the cream cheese is melted, mix in a can of diced tomatoes and green chiles. Serve with a chip or cracker of your choice. So good!

This next way of using cream cheese is something I just tried for my very first Christmas meal to make by myself. I made about 5 lbs of mashed potatoes and mixed in a whole stick of butter, and a whole block of cream cheese. It was deliciously creamy. So much so that I didn’t even have to use any milk. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Last, but not least, My husband told me about this last heavenly cream cheese mixture. He was deployed in Iraq for a year, and while he was there he bought breakfast every morning from an Iraqi man that had set up a little food stand on their base. One of my husband’s favorite things to buy from him was scrambled eggs mixed with cream cheese inside of bread called samoon. I haven’t been able to find this bread in any store, or even find a good recipe for it, so I just eat it on top of toast, or wrapped in a fresh tortilla. Pita bread or naan would be very good as well. Just mix in some chopped up green onions, and really send this recipe over the top!

Whew. Talking about all of this wonderful, heavenly cream cheese is making me hungry. Hopefully you’ll give these simple ideas a try and enjoy them just as much as I do!

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Wrapping Gifts

So it’s no secret that I’m horrible at wrappings presents. No matter how hard I try it ends up looking like a 5 year old did it. Actually, I can’t even say that. Some 5 year olds are probably better at it than I am. Anyway, I made things 10x harder on myself this year by getting this beautiful, glittery wrapping paper.

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Isn’t that pretty? Very. But don’t buy glittery wrapping paper! I used almost a whole roll of tape on these 2 gifts because it wouldn’t stick! Just an FYI to everyone out there for next year, or all of you late shoppers.

No matter how badly I feel about my own wrapping skills, I will always feel better when I look at what my husband did.

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Homemade Christmas Candy

First off, let me just say wow. I made some homemade chocolate candy this weekend for my family’s Christmas get together down in Houston. We decided to do our Christmas early with my family since my husband and I want to do all of the Santa stuff at our house this Christmas.

Enough about that. Let’s get to the important stuff-the candy. Just kidding. Kind of.

This candy was incredibly easy and everything loved it. It tastes like something you spend a lot of time and effort on. Since I’m nice and it’s
Christmas time, I’ve decided to share the recipe. You’re welcome.

You need:
4 qt. crock pot
34.5 oz. of roasted peanuts(mine were salted)
4 oz. of German’s Sweet Chocolate
24 oz. of semi sweet chocolate chips
3 lbs. if white almond bark

Layer the ingredients in a crock pot in the order written. Cook on low for 3 hours without stirring. After 3 hours, stir together. Use a spoon to scoop out small amounts onto wax paper, and let dry and harden. Then try not to eat every piece of candy! My batch made 84 pieces.

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I am also selling the candy in my Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheMommyShoppe?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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